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CEO student and ACHS senior Arianna Kopplin helps conference attendees register during the CEO Experience.


From left, students Wyatt Cripe, Shelby Bowman, Alexis Scott, and Owen Reardon hold a carpet python.


The Altamont Lutheran Interparish School Rockets volleyball team took first place at the St. Peter Tournament held Feb. 4. Members of the team are, front row, from left: Anna Sigg, Olivia Eckhardt, Kalea Yagow, Emma Simmons; second row: Asst. Coach Teasley, Bailey Teasley, Ada Tappendorf, Ciara Hankins, Ella Ruffner, Ellie McManaway, Lauren Walker, and Coach McManaway.

The ALIS Rockets fifth and sixth grade basketball teams both took first in the Mulberry Grove Tournament. Members of the teams are, front row, from left: Presley Siebert, Peyton Osteen, Kylie Osteen, Dillon Hankins, Dillan Elam, Grace Nelson; second row: Kaden Davis, Nathan Stuemke, Ruby Stuckemeyer, Alec Jahraus, Pierce Verdeyen, Aden McManaway, Ethan Robbins. They are coached by Eric Long.

A group of volunteers were honored at the Helping Hands Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Jan. 21.



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New venue no problem for CEO Experience Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 13:47

The county students of the 2016-17 CEO class, including ACHS seniors Sam Childerson, Sydney Zacha, Arianna Kopplin, and Jacob Crow, held their annual CEO Experience on Wednesday, Feb 8. The theme of the event was “Growing Yourself, Business, and Community.” Despite the change of venue from years past, from the Thelma Keller Convention Center to the Effingham Performance Center, and a shift in the format, the event was successful, drawing a crowd of 750 registered attendees.

CEO network developer Lisa Teichmiller said that no complaints were received in the feedback from conference-goers.

Rather than small breakout sessions, the students chose to feature fewer speakers and hold only common sessions in the large EPC theater.

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City pursuing residential property clean-up Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 13:45

Beginning in his first full year as St. Elmo mayor in 2014, Ernie Myers and the city board approved the allocation of $50,000 to deconstruct private properties acquired as the result of court proceedings related to ordinance violations. The goal of the plan was to eliminate problematic properties and, as a result, raise property values of the neighboring residents.

Myers said that since that time six to eight homes have been torn down, either by the city or by the property owners. The allocation allows that necessary action against condemned properties can be taken swiftly, without going to the board for approval in each case.

The city sees the outcome as the result of no options.

“When a house gets past the point of being repaired, you don’t really have any options other than taking it down,” Myers said.

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City receives electric rates Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 10:36

Mayor Ernie Myers announced at the Feb. 1 St. Elmo City Board meeting that electric rates had been set for the next three years.

The City of St. Elmo property is on a separate contract and timeframe from the citizens of St. Elmo. Due to the number of properties included in the City contract, its rate is lower than individual home owners. Beginning in April 2017 and lasting until 2020, the new City rate will be 5.689 cents per kilowatt hour. The residential rate beginning in December 2017 will be 6.193 cents per kilowatt hour for 18 months and drop to 6.187 cents per kilowatt hour for the following 18 months.

The board moved to approve the re-hiring of Jack Hopper as park maintenance employee. Dylan Myers provided the only “no” vote. Hopper will work 25 hours per week at minimum wage.

Second phase electrical work by Integrity Electric at the city garage was approved at a cost of $6,999.71.

A poll vote regarding blowers at the sewer lagoon was confirmed. The blowers cost $15,893 and will arrive in 6-8 weeks.

After first ordering four foot forks for the backhoe, it was decided that six foot forks were necessary. That purchase in the amount of $2700 including installation from CD Feller was approved.

Locals reflect on trip to Trump inauguration Print E-mail
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Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 10:37

Local resident Bev Bandy had made a promise to her son, Christian, that she intended to keep. Her son, a student in Edwardsville, is autistic and while evaluating his seventh grade class trip to Washington, D.C., the mother felt that the experience—the noise, the fast-paced schedule—would not be a positive one for him or his classmates. She knew he was disappointed, and decided that she would take him to the nation’s capital on his own sometime.

As it did much of the country, the recent presidential campaign enthralled the family and soon after, knowing that she owed her son a trip, Bandy had an idea: why not go to the inauguration?

It was an idea that she, her two children, Christian and Leah, and significant other Terry White, were all excited about, so she applied for tickets through Rep. John Shimkus’ office two days after the election. They waited. Finally, about two weeks before the inauguration, they received their tickets.

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Sense of community service leads school board candidates to file for election Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 January 2017 14:53

There is no hot-button issue. No personal agendas or vendettas. But in a remarkable showing of community support, the upcoming Altamont school board race has eight candidates for four positions.

The seats of current board members Jim Holland, Rodney Schultz, Darren Feldkamp, and Tammy Runge will become available in April, with only Feldkamp seeking re-election. Runge’s seat is an unexpired two-year term with three Mound Township candidates seeking the spot: Alan Kollmann, Kerry Wolff, and Adam Huston.

Clint Reardon, Laura Reardon, Alan Shumaker, Ross Cornett, in addition to Feldkamp are seeking four-year terms.

In speaking with many of the candidates, specific issues were not the impetus for any of them seeking office. Rather, in all instances, they felt service to the community was important.

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